About Jamaica

Out of many one people is the national motto of Jamaica.This is a testimony of the various ethnicities, religions and origins that make up our beautiful country.

Christopher Columbus, who discovered Jamaica in 1494 described Jamaica as “the fairest land ever eyes behold…the mountains touch the sky”.

The Island’s name is derived from an Arawak (aboriginal Indian) word "Xaymaca", meaning “land of wood and water”.

Popular for its white sandy beach, mountainous terrains, tropical climate, invigorating reggae music, exquisite fruits and food, Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest island in the region. With a total land area of 4,442 square miles, the island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 51 miles; and is divided into 14 parishes

The island offers a feast of contrasts.The north coast, with its popular resort areas of Montego Bay, Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, features fine coral beaches and broad plains where sugar cane, coconuts and citrus fruits are grown.On the western tip of the island is Negril, once a remote, swampy outpost but now a beachcomber’s paradise.The southern region of the island offers a rugged coastline where majestic mountains plunge into the sea.


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